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Grimes, Alabama
(Dale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grimes ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Grimes (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Grimes. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Grimes ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grimes.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grimes, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grimes.

Cemeteries Near Grimes ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grimes.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Grimes covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Mt. Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirklands Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Christian Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Newton City Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mims Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Grimes in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grimes.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Grimes, with the one closest to Grimes listed first.

Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grimes
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grimes
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grimes
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grimes
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grimes
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Grimes
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grimes
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grimes
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grimes
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Grimes. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grimes in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Grimes is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

Below are the counties that are near Grimes. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Grimes:

Dale     (The home county for Grimes)
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Grimes, see our County-by-County Page for Grimes.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Grimes:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dale County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

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Communities in Alabama

About Dale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Grimes. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Grimes. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Grimes) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Grimes. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grimes

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grimes. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2999, Longitude: -85.4503     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grimes have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Grimes, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grimes.


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